ETSU Track Host Annual Niswonger Meet, Olympic Silver Medalist On Hand

The East Tennessee State men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams will compete in

the first of two home meets on the year this weekend, as the Buccaneers host the 35th annual

Niswonger Invitational at the Mountain States Health Alliance Athletics Center. The two-day

event will begin on Friday morning at 10 a.m. with the preliminaries of the women’s 60 hurdles

and conclude on Saturday afternoon.


Over 60 collegiate teams are expected to compete in this year’s event including Atlantic Sun foes

Kennesaw State, Libscomb and USC Upstate. ETSU will also welcome area schools into the

Mini-Dome in Milligan and King College.


The meet will be held in conjunction with the KYA High School Invitational, which will feature

a number of Johnson City and surrounding area high school teams, as well as some of the

nation's best talent from the Southeast.


2012 Olympic silver medalist Manteo Mitchell will also be in attendance both days to sign

autographs and take pictures with the fans.


Mitchell, a 25-year-old Olympian from Shelby, NC, is perhaps best known for his heroic

performance during the Olympic Games.


During the 1,600-meter relay opening heats of the London Games, Mitchell broke his fibula

midway through the race while running the leadoff leg for the United States.


Despite being in pain, Mitchell finished the race to help the Americans advance to the finals. The

U.S. team placed second behind the Bahamas to earn the silver medal. will be providing live results for every running

event throughout each day.